Environmental planning and development

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

The Environmental Planning & Development Committee monitors all matters related to environmental planning and development law and represents the Law Society and its members on policy and practice issues arising from it. Our priorities include:

  • Developing and commenting on law reform and legal policy proposals (including preparing submissions, and liaising with government and other stakeholders in this process)
  • Educating the legal profession about changes to the law and providing guidance on practice and other issues
  • Exchanging information about issues arising in legal practice (such as recent case law) that may indicate a legal policy issue or concern

Learn more about committees
Current committee members
How to join a committee

Recent policy submissions

Letter to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Proposed Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 – 22.9.21

Letter to DPIE – Proposed New Housing SEPP – 2.9.21

Letter to DPIE – Varying Development Standards – 12 May 2021

Letter to DPIE – Building Business Back Better – 7 May 2021

Letter to Department of Customer Service – Statutory Review of the NSW Strata Schemes Laws – 6 April 2021

Letter to Department of Primary Industries – Options Paper: Agricultural Land Use Planning Strategy – 25 February 2021

Letter to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Proposed Local Character Clause – 29 January 2021

Letter to NSW Department of Customer Service - Regulatory Impact Statement and Draft Designed and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 - 21 December 2020

Letter to Minister for Water, Property and Housing – Review of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 – 20 December 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia – Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 – 26 November 2020

Letter to LCA – Review of the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 (Cth) – 9 October 2020

Letter to Department of Planning, Industry & Environment - Proposed New Housing Diversity SEPP - 8 September 2020

Letter to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Proposed natural disasters clause - 31 August 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Interim Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) - 11 August 2020

Letter to Productivity Commissioner - Review of Infrastructure Contributions in NSW - 5 August 2020

Letter to Letter to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Flood prone land package - 10 July 2020

Letter to Letter to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Improving the infrastructure contribution system - 29 June 2020

Letter to Senate Finance and Public Administration Reference Committee - Lessons learned during the Australian bushfire season 2019-20 - 21 May 2020

Letter to Law Council of Australia - Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) - 16 April 2020

Letter to Impounding Act Review - Review of the Impounding Act 1993 - 25 March 2020

Letter to Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment & Planning - Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019 - 29 Jan 2020

Visit the Environmental Planning and Development policy submissions archive

2021 Committee list

R. McCulloch (Chair), C. Drury (Dep Chair), M. Bonanno, T. Cahill, B. Charlton, K. Huxley, R. James, A. Knox, J. Mitchell (YL Rep), P. Murray, A. Penklis, J. Schipp, J. Sheehan, N. Vella, P. Vergotis.

How to join a committee
Law Society Committees have powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. Consisting of dedicated
volunteers, each committee focuses on a particular area of law, pooling together specialist skills and experience in
order to scrutinise legislation, court decisions and other government policies.


There are three broad categories of committees:

  • Regulatory committees – perform statutory duties under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)
  • Liaison committees – linked to other professions or organisations
  • Policy committees

By drawing on the insights of committees, the Law Society can meet its statutory duties and act as a major player
in law reform and policy debates.

See the Law Society Committee webpage